William and Mary

Amy Oakes

University Associate Professor for Teaching Excellence

Office : Morton 25
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Email : [[acoake]]
Office Phone : 757-221-3025
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Research Interests

International Relations


Professor Amy Oakes received her B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. Her research interests include the domestic causes of war and nuclear nonproliferation. Her work has appeared in Security Studies, Politics & Gender, International Journal, International Studies Quarterly, and Foreign Policy. Her book, Diversionary War, examines whether governments provoke international crises in response to domestic unrest and will be published by Stanford University Press in August 2012. In 2009-2010, she was a research fellow at the John F.  Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


GOVT 301: Research Methods

GOVT 329: International Security

GOVT 491: Causes of War

GOVT 495: Honors Colloquium